| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Credit: Jennifer Pottheiser/USTA

Six-time U.S. Open champion Chris Evert and ESPN's Mike Greenberg came up short in their bid for a wild card into the 2011 U.S. Open on Mondaty, losing their mixed-doubles second round match at the U.S. Open National Playoffs USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Evert and Greenberg lost to a pair of local teaching pros, Bea Bielik, the 2002 NCAA singles champion, and Darrin Cohen, a former standout at the University of Virginia, 6-1, 6-4. Bielik made her return to the site of the U.S. Open, where she reached the third round in 2002 and lost to Justine Henin.

"It has always been Mike’s dream to play in the U.S. Open and I was happy to help him with his dream,” said Evert, who admitted that her partner exceeded her expectations.

Evert and Greenberg were eight matches away from reaching the main draw of the 2011 U.S. Open.

"Also, I'm impossibly charming," said Greenberg to Evert's point. "You know, she was my first love, Chris Evert. I'll come back every year and play in this event, provided I get to team with her. We had a great time."

The U.S. Open National Playoffs USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament is the second of 16 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments taking place nationwide through June. The winners of each of the 16 sectional qualifiers advance to the U.S. Open National Playoffs–Men’s, Women’s and Mixed-Doubles Championships held during the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus U.S. Open Series women’s event, in August. The U.S. Open National Playoffs mixed-doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2011 U.S. Open. The U.S. Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions again earn a wild card into the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the U.S. Open.